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What factors make adjustment to a spinal cord injury so difficult at first?

What factors make adjustment to a spinal cord injury so difficult at first?

Lisa Rosen, MS

Educational Program Manager, Life Center, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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I think initially, you're in shock. I mean, no one plans for something like this, and you look in the mirror for all these years at yourself, and you look a certain way. And then, suddenly, the next day, your life has turned upside down. And just... Show More

I think initially, you're in shock. I mean, no one plans for something like this, and you look in the mirror for all these years at yourself, and you look a certain way. And then, suddenly, the next day, your life has turned upside down. And just trying to make sense of all that, it's a shocking thing. It all happens very quickly, so the week before you could've been in ICU. And then, a week or two later, you're now in rehab, and you're having to learn how to utilize a wheelchair, and get around in an environment differently, a different way than you've always gotten around. Your body's different; your body's changed, so it's a lot to come to terms with in such a short amount of time. Another thing that stands in the way is people are afraid of the unknown. We like to have things in order, and have a plan, and not knowing what the future will bring is frightening.

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What factors make adjustment to a spinal cord injury so difficult at first?

Lisa Rosen, MS

Educational Program Manager, Life Center, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

More Videos by Lisa Rosen
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I think initially, you're in shock. I mean, no one plans for something like this, and you look in the mirror for all these years at yourself, and you look a certain way. And then, suddenly, the next day, your life has turned upside down. And just trying to make sense of all that, it's a shocking thing. It all happens very quickly, so the week before you could've been in ICU. And then, a week or two later, you're now in rehab, and you're having to learn how to utilize a wheelchair, and get around in an environment differently, a different way than you've always gotten around. Your body's different; your body's changed, so it's a lot to come to terms with in such a short amount of time. Another thing that stands in the way is people are afraid of the unknown. We like to have things in order, and have a plan, and not knowing what the future will bring is frightening.

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